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A Companion to American Women's History. Edition No. 2. Wiley Blackwell Companions to American History

  • ID: 5178845
  • Book
  • December 2020
  • Region: United States
  • 432 Pages
  • John Wiley and Sons Ltd
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The most important collection of essays on American Women's History

This collection incorporates the most influential and groundbreaking scholarship in the area of American women's history, featuring twenty-three original essays on critical themes and topics. It assesses the past thirty years of scholarship, capturing the ways that women's historians confront issues of race, class, gender, and sexuality. This second edition updates essays related to Indigenous women, slavery, the American Revolution, Civil War, the West, activism, labor, popular culture, civil rights, and feminism. It also includes a discussion of laws, capitalism, gender identity and transgender experience, welfare, reproductive politics, oral history, as well as an exploration of the perspectives of free Blacks and migrants and refugees.

Spanning from the 15th through the 21st centuries, chapters show how historians of women, gender, and sexuality have challenged established chronologies and advanced new understandings of America's political, economic, intellectual and social history.

This edition also features a new essay on the history of women's suffrage to coincide with the 100th anniversary of passage of the 19th Amendment, as well as a new article that carries issues of women, gender and sexuality into the 21st century.

  • Includes twenty-three original essays by leading scholars in American women's, gender and sexuality history
  • Highlights the most recent scholarship on the key debates and future directions of this popular and contemporary field
  • Substantially updates the first edition with new authors and topics that represent the expanding fields of women, gender, and sexuality
  • Engages issues of race, ethnicity, region, and class as they shape and are shaped by women's and gender history
  • Covers the breadth of American Women's history, including Native women, colonial law and religion, slavery and freedom, women's activism, work and welfare, culture and capitalism, the state, feminism, digital and oral history, and more

A Companion to American Women's History, Second Edition is an ideal book for advanced undergraduates and graduate students studying American/U.S. women's history, history of gender and sexuality, and African American women's history. It will also appeal to scholars of these areas at all levels, as well as public historians working in museums, archives, and historic sites.

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About the Contributors ix

Introduction 1
Nancy A. Hewitt and Anne M. Valk

1 Native Women in the Americas to 1800 7
Camilla Townsend

2 Slavery and the Slave Trade 23
Ebony Jones and Jennifer L. Morgan

3 Intersectional Studies of Early American Women and Christianity 39
Anna M. Lawrence

4 Women and the Law in Early America 55
Terri L. Snyder and Cornelia Hughes Dayton

5 Women and the Long American Revolution 73
Serena Zabin

6 Intimate Economies, 1790–1860 89
April Haynes

7 The Future Looks Bright: Black Women, Slavery, and Freedom, 1780–1865 107
Amrita Chakrabarti Myers and Jessica Millward

8 Race, Class, Region, and Activism, 1820s–1870s 123
Nancy A. Hewitt

9 Conflicts and Cultures in the Colonial and Nineteenth-Century West 141
Lisbeth Haas

10 Women in the Civil War Era 157
Hilary Green

11 Gender and Social Movements from Reconstruction to the New Deal 175
Leslie Dunlap

12 Woman Suffrage, Women’s Votes 193
Liette Gidlow

13 Recovering a Gender-Transgressive Past: A Transgender Historiography 209
Emily Skidmore

14 Popular Cultures 223
Emily Westkaemper

15 Working Women, “Welfare Moms,” and Struggles for Subsistence in the Twentieth Century 241
Annelise Orleck

16 Capitalism in the Twentieth and Twenty-First Centuries 261
Tracey Deutsch and Nan Enstad

17 Women, Gender, and the State, ca. 1900–2010 279
Jennifer Mittelstadt and Rachel Louise Moran

18 Sterilization, Birth Control, and Abortion: Reproductive Politics from 1945 to the Present 299
Jennifer Nelson

19 Global Women: Migrants and Refugees, 1850s–2000 319
Elizabeth Zanoni

20 Civil Rights and Black Liberation 337
Rebecca Tuuri and Steven F. Lawson

21 Rethinking Feminist Movements after World War II 353
Anne M. Valk

22 Oral History and Testimony in Histories of Women, Gender, and Sexuality 373
Jessica Wilkerson

23 Digital Demands Toward Decolonial Feminist Futures 389
Brittney Cooper

Index 405

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Anne M. Valk
Nancy A. Hewitt Rutgers University.
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